According to the statistics, Americans are still very stressed, although the presidential election is over. The psychologists say that the stress levels are even greater than after 9-11. The source of this stress is that many people feel unsafe.
The officials of the American Psychological Association underline the fact that the stress levels throughout the United States increased from 4.8 to roughly 5.1 between August and January. The stress levels are measured on a scale from one to ten.
One is the lowest, whereas ten is the highest. The latest figures resulted from two comprehensive surveys conducted by the agency. The first survey was conducted last year in August, and it involved 3,511 adults over 18 years old living in the US.
The second one was conducted last month, and it involved 1.1019 adults. Based on the study findings, the experts say that this is the highest increase in stress levels in the past ten years. It is worth mentioning that the Democrats were the most affected by the outcome of the presidential election.
Now, they are still stressed and concerned about the future of the country. The psychologists explain that most people expected that the stress would go away after the presidential campaign. However, they became more stressed when they saw that they couldn’t take their mind off politics.
Besides this, the experts say it is going to take some time until Americans get used to the fact that they have a new leader. Dr. Jeffrey Dietz, an associate professor of psychiatry at Quinnipiac University, says that most people are not sure what to expect from Donald Trump, and that is why they are so anxious.
Based on the results of the latest survey, 57 percent of the participants confessed that the political climate represents a source of tremendous stress. Furthermore, other fifty percent have the same opinion about the new presidential inauguration.
According to the statistics, 26 percent of Republicans are stressed by the results of the election compared to a staggering 72 percent of Democrats. Worse, stressed people have a higher risk of becoming physically ill. From August to January, the number of Americans getting sick increased from 71 percent to eighty percent.
Symptoms included depression, anxiety, and headaches. Stress is also known as a major factor increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes.
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